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07 April 2022, 12:29

Operation of Belarusian oil refineries amid Western sanctions explained

MINSK, 7 April (BelTA) – Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko explained how Belarusian oil refineries operate amid sanctions at a session of the Security Council on 7 April, BelTA has learned.

Roman Golovchenko said: “As far as the operation of Belarusian oil refineries in conditions of tougher sanctions (blocking sanctions actually) is concerned, we proceed from the need to satisfy domestic demand. As the situation gets stabilized and export rises later on, the workload of the oil refineries will grow.”

According to Roman Golovchenko, Novopolotsk-based Naftan processes 11,700 tonnes per day while Mozyr Oil Refinery processes 13,700 tonnes per day. To compare, Mozyr Oil Refinery processed over 8.99 million tonnes of raw hydrocarbon resources in 2020 or roughly 24,000-25,000 tonnes per day.

OAO Grodno Azot is operating at full capacity in order to supply fertilizers to the home market. Export deliveries will be arranged in a one-by-one manner in order to practice logistics and verify the transaction of payments, Roman Golovchenko explained. Full-fledged deliveries to foreign markets, including to Russia, will begin in June.

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